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“We learned so much!”

North American Bear Center
Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Ely
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its kind - it helps people learn from the bears themselves about bear behavior, ecology, and their relations with humans. There is a huge need for accurate information about bears worldwide and the mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time at the Bear Center. The facility is beautiful and the staff is friendly and helpful. We took the "behind the scenes tour" and got to go out and get close up to the bears. I learned so much about the bears and enjoyed the visit. Bring your bug spray if you are going outside. You can go in the rain as well because there is an indoor viewing area to see the bears.

1  Thank Lisa G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The bears are really cool, but the surprise about this place is the extensive exhibits on other north woods wildlife. Lots of beautiful photographs, hands-on exhibits for the kids (feeling the fur of many different animals was a favorite), and cool videos of the ambassador bears at different time of their lives were all really interesting. Worth a stop. You can do the bear center and wolf center in the same day very easily.

3  Thank Martha C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was really really interesting. We learned a lot about bears and had a lot of mistaken ideas corrected. The exhibits were wonderful and very informative. It was great to see all of the bears.

2  Thank HappyTravelersJD
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was being built last time I was to Ely. It was a place we wanted to stop at this trip. If you have ever seen a bear this place will fill in the blanks!! Great Information on black, brown, grizzly, and polar bears. They also had a skeleton of the short nosed bear, like the one discovered in mammoth springs in the dinosaur dig there! Videos all around the center. The main bear is the black bear and the research Lynn Rogers PhD has done. There is a movie to watch, live bears to see. In a back room they have fish, turtles, giving lessons to those who are interested. A must see at any age!!

4  Thank Ewyme
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Favorite part of my camping trip was stopping at the North American Bear Center. I learned a lot about bears and other Minnesota animals.

1  Thank s t
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